Rahul K. Gairola’s book breaks the paradigm of postcolonial and diasporic studies centred on ‘home’. It departs from the theoretical abstractions of postcolonial theory that originated from an overreliance on the psychic and behavioural aspects of the diasporic subjects, and instead focuses on the sociological, political and pathological grounds of subject formations around the concept of ‘home’ responsible for such behaviour. The methodological novelty of the book lies in its use of Foucauldian notions of ‘governmentality’ and ‘biopower’ and Gramscian concept of ‘articulation’ to investigate how the lives of diasporic subjects in these postcolonial but neoliberal temporal locations are regulated by the state power, even as the marginalized identities of divergent racial, sexual and class orientation may articulate cultural identities of solidarity and common resistance. ... This book is a very useful source for interdisciplinary discourses on Postcolonial Diasporas.
Writing now in the wake of the emergence of COVID 19 as a health, social, and economic crisis—as well as the world-wide Black Lives Matter (BLM) Movement—a critical re-theorization of home across the multiple registers of race, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, class, and disability is more urgently needed than ever. [...] Homelandings provides an index for how interventions in the regulation of the neoliberal home offers countervailing practices and narratives, ways of rewiring our relations and communities, and initiating new socio-cultural linkages of belonging in a transnational context.